Players acquired by new teams:
Russell Okung (SD from Den) – The Chargers signed Okung to a four-year, $53 million deal, with $25 million guaranteed, according to ESPN’s Josina Anderson.
Fantasy Analysis: Okung, who represents himself, did a good job of getting himself a fat deal with $25 million guaranteed. Okung actually played all 16 games last season for the first time in his seven-year career, but he did have a slightly disappointing campaign for his high standards. It didn’t really matter though, as the Chargers anted up for him to anchor their O-line at LT. The Chargers O-line has been shaky at times in recent years, but Okung is a major upgrade at tackle for QB Philip Rivers and RB Melvin Gordon.
Kevin Zeitler (OG, signed by Cle from Cin) – The Browns are making Zeitler the highest-paid guard in NFL history, signing him to a five-year deal worth up to $60 million, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Fantasy Analysis: It’s a huge day for the Browns, who completely rebuilt their offensive line by signing C J.C. Tretter, extending star G Joel Bitonio, and bringing in the prize of the FA OL market in Zeitler to go with future Hall of Famer LT Joe Thomas. A top-10 guard in ProFootballFocus ratings on the year, Zeitler excels as both a run and pass blocker, and can theoretically fit any offense. Zeitler has spent his time almost exclusively at RG in his career, and though we’re confident he can make the swing to LG if need be, a player of his stature typically gets what he wants. The Browns now have a veritable wall up front, and with a solid one-two punch at WR with Kenny Britt and Corey Coleman, plus a very strong backfield (Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson), it appears Cleveland is arming itself to put a young QB in a very good situation.
Larry Warford (RG, signed by NO from Det) – The Saints are upgrading their offensive line with Warford, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Fantasy Analysis: The Lions opted to upgrade their RT spot with Ricky Wagner, letting both Warford and Riley Reiff go. Warford, who doesn’t turn 26 until June, is the prize of the two. A top-20 guard according to ProFootballFocus, Warford may not be as good as Kevin Zeitler or T.J. Lang, but he has a well-balanced game and still has a ton of football ahead of him given his age. A massive guy – 332 pounds – Warford should be a measurable upgrade over Senio Kelemete at RG for New Orleans.
Andrew Whitworth (LT, signed by LAR from Cin) – The Rams get a huge upgrade on their offensive line, inking Whitworth to a three-year deal with up to $15 million guaranteed, and $36 million of total money, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Fantasy Analysis: Whitworth is 35, but this is still surprising to see him leave Cincinnati. The #2 ranked tackle by ProFootballFocus in 2016, Whitworth has been remarkably durable in his career, missing just two games since moving to LT for the Bengals in 2009. Despite his age, the Rams needed an instant upgrade up front, and Whitworth provides both veteran leadership and gives the Rams the flexibility to move the disappointing Greg Robinson inside to guard. It’s clear young QB Jared Goff needs a ton of help, and Whitworth should provide that.
Ricky Wagner (RT, signed by Det from Bal) – Wagner sets a new high-water mark for right tackles, signing a multi-year deal with the Lions for around $9 million per year, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Fantasy Analysis: The Lions upgrade their line by letting the disappointing Riley Reiff walk to bring in the former Raven Wagner. In fact, we’re a little surprised the Ravens didn’t make more of an effort to bring him back to pair with Ronnie Stanley long-term. Instead, the Lions have a premier set of tackles with Wagner and 2016 first-rounder Taylor Decker.
Branden Albert (T, acquired by Jac from Mia) – The Jaguars acquired Albert on the cheap, getting him for a 2018 7th-round pick, according to Ryan O’Halloran of the Florida Times-Union.
Fantasy Analysis: The oft-injured Albert is going to get a shot to play in Jacksonville, where the Jags have struggled to put even a competent offensive line on the field for what seems like forever. Unfortunately, Albert himself has been unable to stay on the field, having not played a full season since 2011. Once an elite left tackle, Albert needs to find a fountain of youth.
Menelik Watson (OT, signed by Den from Oak) – The Broncos continue adding to their offensive line, signing Watson away from the rival Raiders for three years, according to Mike Klis of 9News.
Fantasy Analysis: The Broncos lost Russell Okung to the Chargers, but plucking the talented though oft-injured Watson from the Raiders will help that loss. Watson has a lot of ability, but has never really been able to stay on the field long enough to put it all together. He joins G Ronald Leary on a rebuilt line.
J.C. Tretter (C, Cle from GB) – The Browns and Tretter agreed to terms on a deal, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Fantasy Analysis: The interior of the Browns O-line was a disaster last season after they let C Alex Mack walk to Atlanta in free agency last season. Tretter started at center last season before spraining his MCL and eventually needing surgery in January after seven games. The addition of the 26-year-old Tretter will allow the Browns to move former first-round pick Cam Erving to another spot on the line after he really struggled at center last season. The Browns also locked up guars Joel Bitonio and Kevin Zeitler, which is good news for RBs Isaiah Crowell and Duke Johnson as the Browns continue to beef up their O-line.
Mike Remmers (T, signed by Min from Car) – Per NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, the Vikings are signing veteran T Remmers.
Fantasy Analysis: Remmers is reportedly getting a five-year deal worth up to $30M. What Carolina and Minnesota have essentially done, since former-Viking Matt Kalil is now a Panther, is swapped starting left tackles. Remmers, like Kalil, has struggled mightily in pass protection over the last two years. Perhaps a new home will help. The Vikings' offensive line is going to look drastically different in 2017, but it's tough to really improve in the trenches in just one offseason.
Luke Joeckel (T/G, signed by Sea from Jac) – The Seahawks add a reclamation project to their line, signing Joeckel to a one-year deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Fantasy Analysis: The former #2 overall pick has had a mostly poor tenure in Jacksonville, plagued in recent years by injuries. Most recently, he tore his ACL, MCL, and meniscus in October of 2016. The Seahawks are hoping he can rebound, but it’s a tough bet.
Jeremy Zuttah (C, acquired by SF from Bal) – The Ravens were going to cut Zuttah, but they managed to deal him and a sixth-round pick to the 49ers, moving up 12 spots in the sixth round in the process, the 49ers announced.
Fantasy Analysis: Zuttah was going to be a cap casualty for the Ravens, though he’s still a solid player. He will be 31 when the 2017 season kicks off, but gives the 49ers a solid veteran presence in the middle of their line as they look to rebuild. Remember that coach Kyle Shanahan had a strong center in Atlanta last year, Alex Mack, and the Falcon offense really took off with Mack.
Chance Warmack (G, signed by Phi from Ten) – The Eagles take a chance on Chance, signing him to a one-year deal, the team announced.
Fantasy Analysis: Warmack has had a mostly mediocre NFL tenure, but has started 48 games in four seasons after being a first-round pick in 2013. The Eagles could have some reshuffling to do up front if they choose to move on from C Jason Kelce and move the promising Isaac Seumalo inside, and Warmack could fill in. If not, he provides valuable depth on a line that had a lot of injuries last year. Warmack reunites with Eagle OL coach Jeff Stoutland, who coached OL at Alabama when Warmack was in college.
Vlad Ducasse (G, signed by Buf from Bal) – Ducasse is getting a three-year deal to join Buffalo, according to Jason LaCanfora of CBS Sports.
Fantasy Analysis: Ducasse will always be remembered to Jets fans as a huge disappointment, but he’s made his way around the league as a reserve interior lineman. That’s almost certainly going to be his role in Buffalo, where he falls in behind one of the league’s best offensive fronts.
Matt Kalil (T, signed by Car from Min) – Per ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Panthers are signing former-Viking LT Matt Kalil to a five-year deal with $25M in guaranteed money.
Fantasy Analysis: Of course, Kalil moving from Minneapolis to Charlotte means he gets to re-unite with his brother, C Ryan Kalil. Perhaps playing with his brother will turn his career around after an up-and-down five years in Minnesota. Matt Kalil missed nearly all of 2016 with a hip injury and his play has fallen off of a cliff since a stellar rookie season in 2012. In his last two seasons in 2014 and 2015, Pro Football Focus has graded Kalil as the 79th (2014) and 42nd (2015) ranked offensive tackle in the league. Still just 27-years-old, it’s possible a change of pace will help Kalil re-spark a once promising career for the Panthers as LT Michael Oher is still in the concussion protocol. Kalil is a former first rounder.
Ronald Leary (G, signed by Den from Dal) – Per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Broncos are signing G Ronald Leary to a four-year contract with $20M guaranteed.
Fantasy Analysis: Desperately needing a boost on their interior offensive line, the Broncos made a big splash with LG Ronald Leary. Denver’s run-blocking offensive line struggled mightily in 2016, allowing 21% of their runs to be stopped at or behind the line-of-scrimmage. That was the 13th highest rate in the league. Denver adding Leary indicates they want to get back to a power-based offense that predicates on the run. Leary finished up the 2016 regular season ranked 13th (of 77) in Pro Football Focus’ run-blocking metrics. This is a nice bump for C.J. Anderson and Devontae Booker.
Reilly Reiff (T, signed by MIN from Det) – Per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Vikings are signing T Reilly Reiff.
Fantasy Analysis: After missing out on signing Ricky Wagner, the Vikes’ nabbed veteran Reilly Reiff off of the market. Reiff is just 28-years-old after playing five solid years with the Lions. He’ll definitely help Minnesota’s poor run-blocking offensive line.
Tim Lelito (OG, signed by Ten from NO) – The Titans and Lelito agreed to a deal, according to ESPN’s Adam Caplan.
Fantasy Analysis: The Titans already have a loaded group at offensive line, and Lelito will give this group even more depth. He made seven starts last season for the Saints last season, and he’s missed just one game in his four-year career in New Orleans. He’s seen most of his time as an interior offensive lineman, but he does have experience at tackle. He’s a strong run blocker and it’s somewhat surprising he had to settle for a backup job in Tennessee.
Marcus Martin (C, claimed by Cle from SF) – The 49ers waived Martin, but the Browns picked him up, the team announced.
Fantasy Analysis: A once highly regarded prospect, Martin was a bust in San Francisco, but he’s still just 23 and will compete for a roster spot on Cleveland’s completely rebuilt offensive line.
Ted Larsen (G, signed by MIA from Chi) – Soon-to-be 30-year-old Ted Larsen is going to Miami after spending one year in Chicago.
Fantasy Analysis: With all of the injuries across their line in 2016, Larsen may seven spot-starts for the Bears in 2016. He'll compete for a starting spot at left or right guard in Miami in training camp.
T.J. Lang (RG, signed by Det from GB) – Lang changes divisional teams, leaving the Packers for the Lions on a three-year deal, the team announced. The deal is worth up to $19 million guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Fantasy Analysis: What a coup for the Lions, who lost both RT Riley Reiff and RG Larry Warford in free agency, and arguably upgraded at both positions with RT Ricky Wagner and Lang. You can make an excellent argument that Lang – and not Kevin Zeitler – was the best free agent OL on the market, but he’s two years older than the former Cincy guard. And for what it’s worth, Lang has shown more versatility than Zeitler in his career, having played every OL spot but center (he has spent almost the entirety of his last four years at RG, however). Noted for his physicality, Lang can fit just about anywhere there is a need for an interior lineman, and he was significantly cheaper than Zeitler. Keep in mind that ProFootballFocus rated Lang as an elite pass protector, and “merely” a strong run blocker. Whatever the case, he’s a great fit for the Lions, and he returns home, as he grew up just outside Detroit.
Kelvin Beachum (LT, signed by NYJ from Jac) – Beachum signs a three-year deal with the Jets, worth up to $24 million with $12 million guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Fantasy Analysis: Beachum struggled as the Jags’ LT last year, but the Jets are betting that was just some “Jaguar stink” on him. The Jets are totally rebuilding everywhere, and have one of the worst rosters in the entire NFL, especially on offense. Beachum will almost certainly start at LT, because who else will?
Andre Smith (OT, Cin from Min) – The Bengals signed Smith to a one-year contract, according to ESPN.com.
Fantasy Analysis: Smith spent his first seven seasons with the Bengals before joining the Vikings in free agency last off-season. He played in just four games with the Vikings before he tore his triceps and missed the remainder of the 2016 season, but he wasn’t exactly playing well before his injury. With former RG Kevin Zeitler leaving for Cleveland during free agency, OT Jake Fisher is expected to kick inside to guard with Smith taking over at RT. Of course, Smith isn’t guaranteed a starting spot after his performance last season, with the Bengals holding a competition to determine the right side of the O-line.
D.J. Fluker (G/T, signed by NYG from LAC) – The Giants signed Fluker to a one-year deal, the team announced.
Fantasy Analysis: The Giants need OL help, and while Fluker certainly hasn’t been a high-end asset in his career, he just turned 26 and can play both RT and guard. The Giants could have him compete with the re-signed John Jerry at RG, but he could also take Marshall Newhouse's spot at RT. We’ve seen crazier things than a young OL get better after a change of scenery, so the cheap deal for Fluker is a low-risk one for the OL-needy Giants.
Earl Watford (OL, signed by Jac from Ari) – The Jaguars inked Watford to a two-year deal, the team announced.
Fantasy Analysis: The rebuild of the Jaguars’ line continues, as Jacksonville lost Luke Joeckel, but brought in Branden Albert, and now inked Watford to a deal. Watford is best served as a backup, as he can play all five OL positions, but he obviously will have a shot at some point this year to compete for a starting job.
Joe Hawley (C, TB) – The Bucs re-signed Hawley to a two-year contract, according to the team’s site.
Fantasy Analysis: Hawley has been the Bucs center the last two seasons after playing his first five seasons with the Falcons. He’s started in 29 games with the Bucs, but he could be in a competition for his job with OG Ali Marpet and OL Ken Pamphile, with the Bucs looking to get their best five O-linemen on the field. Hawley is coming off a shaky season, mostly because of his run blocking, so he’ll need to earn this starting job in training camp.
T.J. Johnson (OL, Cin) – The Bengals re-signed Johnson to a two-year deal, according to ESPN.com.
Fantasy Analysis: The Bengals initially tendered restricted free agent Johnson before signing him to a two-year deal. He appeared in every game in 2016 but played just 99 offensive snaps over five games, including a start in Week 17 with the Bengals playing for nothing. Johnson will have a chance to start next season with Kevin Zeitler leaving in free agency. He’ll be competing with Andre Smith and Christian Westerman for the starting gig.
Marshall Newhouse (OT, Oak from NYG) – The Raiders signed Newhouse to a two-year deal, according to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
Fantasy Analysis: Newhouse was the swing tackle for the Giants last season, and he’ll be in the same role in Oakland behind RT Austin Howard and LT Donald Penn. Newhouse will take over in Menelik Watson’s old role, who moved on to Denver. Howard is rehabbing from a shoulder surgery this off-season, so Newhouse could be forced into the lineup if Howard isn’t back to 100% by training camp.
Oday Aboushi (G/T, signed by Sea from Hou) – The Seahawks gave Aboushi a one-year deal, the team’s official website announced.
Fantasy Analysis: The Seahawks really need to upgrade their offensive line, but have clearly balked at paying high-end prices for mediocre players (Matt Kalil, Mike Remmers, etc). Instead, they’re taking one year gambles on the likes of Aboushi and Luke Joeckel. A talented swing guy who is still just 26, Aboushi should compete from a starting job.
Hugh Thornton (G, signed by Atl from Ind) – The Falcons gave Thornton a one-year contract, according to the team’s official website.
Fantasy Analysis: The Colts haven’t had a good offensive line in years, so it’s not exactly a good sign when Indy lets a lineman walk freely. But Thornton’s concern has been more injuries than ability – he missed all of 2016 with a foot injury, and has missed a total of 27 games in his four NFL seasons. He will compete for a depth spot with the Falcons, but keep in mind he is just 26 in June.
Tom Compton (T, signed by Chi from Atl) – The Bears signed swing tackle Compton, the team announced.
Fantasy Analysis: Compton has started 10 games in five NFL seasons, including 9 with Washington in 2014. While he isn’t expected to start for the Bears, it’s not like Bobby Massie and Charles Leno are future Hall of Famers on Chicago’s bookends. Compton could get a shot to play at some point.
Brian Schwenke (C/G, signed by Ind from Ten) – The Colts added the former division rival Schwenke, according to the team’s official website.
Fantasy Analysis: Schwenke was a below-average starter in Tennessee and lost his job, but he’s a good depth option at C behind Ryan Kelly, and he can also play some guard.
Players re-signed by their 2016 teams:
Stefen Wisniewski (G/C, Phi) – The Eagles re-signed Wisniewski to a three-year deal, the team announced. According to Mike Garafolo of NFL Network, Wisniewski can make up to $15 million in the deal based on incentives.
Fantasy Analysis: Wisniewski was a depth option for Philly last year, but the terms of this contract indicate he’ll at least get the shot to compete for a starting job. And as basically every Philly beat writer indicates, the fact that the Eagles signed both Wiz and Chance Warmack seem to indicate that they have plans to move on from C Jason Kelce. Wisniewski started six games for Philly last year and did a solid job. He’s likely to compete with some combination of Warmack, Allen Barbre, and Isaac Seumalo for starting jobs at LG and C (Brandon Brooks is entrenched at RG).
Matt Paradis (C, Den) – The Broncos made the obvious move and tendered a deal to the exclusive rights free agent.
Fantasy Analysis: The Bronco OL had some struggles last year, but their 2015 surprise star Paradis continued to impress, as he performed like a high-level center a year after anchoring Denver’s line en route to a Super Bowl title. The 2014 sixth-round pick from Boise State spent his entire rookie season on the practice squad, but has since started every game for two seasons.
John Jerry (RG, NYG) – Jerry re-signs with the Giants on a three-year deal, according to ProFootballTalk.
Fantasy Analysis: There was some chatter Jerry would move on from the Giants following the signing of D.J. Fluker, but that was not the case. Jerry started every game for the Giants last year, and was average at best, but combining him with Fluker at least gives the Giants some competition up front, and Fluker could always replace Marshall Newhouse at RT.
A.Q. Shipley (C, Ari) – The Cardinals and Shipley reached an agreement on a two-year deal, according to beat writer Mike Jurecki.
Fantasy Analysis: Shipley has been a top reserve for most of his career, but he started all 16 games at center for the Cardinals last season. Shipley will be 31 years old next season, and he’s coming off an above-average season for the position both run and pass blocker. The Cardinals could still look to upgrade the spot or get younger, but Shipley will be a rock-solid option if he’s the Week 1 starter once again.
Ryan Groy (G/C, Buf) – The Rams signed Groy to a two-year offer sheet, but the Bills chose to match, according to our guy Adam Caplan of ESPN.
Fantasy Analysis: Groy will be 27 when the 2017 NFL season rolls around, and for now he doesn’t have a starting job on the Bills’ offensive line. However, Buffalo has two interior linemen in their 30s – Richie Incognito and Eric Wood – and Wood is coming off an injury last season. The Bills view Groy as a valuable backup and potentially a future starter (the Rams clearly signed him to the offer sheet to have him start).
Jermon Bushrod (G/T, Mia) – The Dolphins announced they have brought back Bushrod, who started all 16 games at RG for Miami last season.
Fantasy Analysis: A former tackle, Bushrod has made a hell of a career off rarely being passable at any position, and you can argue he was awful at RG last season. The Dolphins may hope he improves in his second year at RG, but they’re probably going to look for upgrades in the draft.
Ben Ijalana (T, NYJ) – Per NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo, the Jets are re-signing T Ben Ijalana.
Fantasy Analysis: We’re just keeping tabs here. Ijalana is a bottom-tier starting T in the NFL. He finished the 2016 season ranked 46th out of 61 in PFF’s pass blocking efficiency metrics.
Patrick Omameh (G, Jac) – Omameh will stay with the Jaguars on a one-year deal, his agent announced on Twitter.
Fantasy Analysis: Omameh started seven games for the Jaguars in 2016, before a broken foot ended his season in November. Ideally a depth option, Omameh will compete for a starting role in training camp.
Don Barclay (C/G, GB) – Barclay is returning to the Packers on a one-year contract, worth $1.3M.
Fantasy Analysis: With J.C. Tretter moving on to Cleveland, Green Bay needed to retain depth across their offensive line. Barclay can play any interior line spot. He made one spot start in 2016.
Ty Nsekhe (OT, Was) – Nsekhe was tendered an exclusive-rights deal, which will keep him in a Washington uniform.
Fantasy Analysis: Nsekhe is 31, but has only two years of NFL experience after spending time in the Arena Football League and Canadian Football League. But he was a valuable depth option for Washington last year, starting four games when Trent Williams was suspended. He performed well, and bringing him back was a no-brainer for the club.
Eric Winston (OT, Cin) – Winston’s back with the Bengals on a one-year deal, he announced on his personal Twitter account.
Fantasy Analysis: Winston was an important depth signing for the Bengals after they lost both LT Andrew Whitworth and RG Kevin Zeitler on the open market. Once a strength for the Bengals, the offensive line is going under a massive makeover this off-season, and most of the news has been bad. If Winston has to start, that won’t be a positive for Cincy.
Jordan Mills (RT, Buf) – The Bills re-signed Mills to a two-year contract, the team announced.
Fantasy Analysis: The Bills had one of the better lines in the NFL last season, but Mills was a weak link at RT. However, he’s just 26, the Bills got him back pretty cheaply, and there’s nothing preventing the Bills from drafting a tackle or opening the competition at RT with Cyrus Kouandijo. At worst, Mills will be a depth option with starting experience.
Jonathan Cooper (OG, Dal) – Cooper re-signed with the Cowboys on a one-year deal, according to the team’s official website.
Fantasy Analysis: Cooper signed with the Cowboys in January following his release from the Browns, and Dallas opted to re-sign him. A former top-10 pick who has never once looked the part, Cooper nonetheless is in a good spot to revitalize his career as a backup.
Chris Scott (OG, Car) – The Panthers gave Scott a one-year deal to stay with the team.
Fantasy Analysis: Scott’s mostly an interior lineman, but can play basically any position if the Panthers need him to. Ideally, he’ll be a backup after the Panthers gave a monster deal to T Matt Kalil (brother of C Ryan Kalil), but OL depth is never, ever a bad thing.